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Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM.
The numbers are in! More than 10,000 people attended 125 free events around the U.S. on October 4, the fifth annual SteelDay, hosted by AISC, its members and partners.
AEC professionals, university faculty and students and the general public learned about the contributions the industry has made in the design and construction of steel buildings and bridges by visiting various structural steel facilities, touring job sites, attending educational presentations and joining in networking events. (The photo at right shows a group of SteelDay attendees touring the Tower at PNC Plaza jobsite, a planned skyscraper in Pittsburgh.)
“SteelDay enjoyed much success again this year for the fifth annual celebration,” commented Ross Allbritton, AISC industry mobilization manager. “Many hosts and attendees have participated in all five years, and new people join us every single year. We continue to add new opportunities to the events, and the feedback this year has been very rewarding.”
One new opportunity for participants was a SteelDay Twitter contest. Those who follow AISC (@aisc) on Twitter and ‘tweeted’ about SteelDay were entered into a drawing to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet. The contest winner was Chris Marvin (@BarelyCivil), a staff engineer with AISC-member fabricator Cives Engineering Corporation in Atlanta. He attended a SteelDay event at the Gerdau mill in Cartesville, Ga., (also an AISC member) for a guided tour of the facility and a presentation on BIM and the steel market.
“I think from a steel industry standpoint everyone should go see a mill at least once in their life,” tweeted Marvin.
“Working for a fabricator I have always been curious about the process steel goes through to get to our plants,” he explained. “Seeing the massive operation at the mill I visited gave me a lot of clarity as to just how efficient our industry is. I knew going into the tour that mills were dependent on scrap to recycle into their steel, but I had no idea just how many sources they acquired the scrap from. I am so thankful to the people that took the time out of their schedule to lead our tour through the mill. I had a really great experience and hope to attend more SteelDay events in the future!”
In Atchison, Kan., more than 30 attendees saw the production of some of the steel castings being designed and produced for the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. The photo at left shows the world’s largest Universal Pin Connectors by Cast Connex (an AISC member), which mate with 32-in. OD pipe and submit forces through the SFRS, connecting directly to the underside of the main EBF links which run the perimeter of the entire building. They’re some of the smallest castings being produced for the project, weighing 6,000 lbs. each; some of the cast nodes for the project will weigh as much as 45,000 lbs.
For a recap of highlights from this year’s SteelDay, view AISC’s press release.
Photos from this year’s SteelDay events can be found on AISC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AISCdotORG in the “SteelDay 2013” photo album. If you’d like to share your photos, please contact AISC’s Victoria Cservenyak at email@example.com.
If you attended a SteelDay event, you can receive your certificate of attendance and share your feedback at www.SteelDay.org.
Next year’s SteelDay is scheduled for September 19, 2014. Mark your calendar!